NBC Hopes for Big Ratings With Thursday’s ‘Peter Pan’

Thursday’s Peter Pan Live!, at 8 p.m. ET, would be must-see TV if for no other reason than 71-year-old Christopher Walken dancing as the villainous Captain Hook. The singular star of Deer Hunter, Hairspray and many a Saturday Night Live sketch has fond memories of tap lessons as a kid. He asked the show’s producers to go heavy on the terpsichorean turns in this version of the beloved musical. His will be the dancingest Hook ever, they promised on last week’s …

‘Downton Abbey Rediscovered’ Teases Season 5

Downton Abbey fans who’ve been dying for disclosures about Lady Mary and her suitors, thirsting for tidings of Mr. Bates’ implication in the death of Mr. Green, or craving bon mots from the dowager countess, get ready for a big tease. PBS’s Downton Abbey Rediscovered airs Sunday, November 30 — amidst its post-Thanksgiving pledge drive — offering tantalizing morsels from the banquet of drama coming in Season 5 as well as Bernadette Peters wryly introducing favorite moments from the past four seasons. …

Give Thanks for These Terrific Thanksgiving Movies

There’s only one time when it’s OK to combine the words “Movie” and “Turkey” – and that’s when you’re talking about great Thanksgiving movies. Here’s my list of favorite films (in no particular order) in which the fourth Thursday in November plays a featured role.   Rocky (1976) It’s on Thanksgiving that the struggling fighter Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) goes home for dinner with his friend Paulie (Burt Young) and finally convinces Paulie’s sister Adrian to go out on a …

At The Movies: Ben Cumberbatch Has the Nazis’ Number

In Theaters this week, the most unlikely hero of World War II has a head code. At Home, Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas fall in love—and love takes flight in one of the most beautiful animated films ever made.   The Imitation Game Benedict Cumberbatch is brilliant as Alan Turing, the man whose peculiar sort of genius helped the Allies crack the Nazi Enigma Code during War II. His Turig is a humorless, literal-minded university professor who grates on the …

This Week: A Singular Look at Stephen Hawking

In Theaters: A heartfelt look at the burden of genius. At Home: Rob Reiner’s latest. Plus: The first true horror movie looks better than ever.   The Theory of Everything The life of a monumental thinker gets landmark treatment in this superbly acted and lovingly directed biography. Eddie Redmayne plays astrophysicist Stephen Hawking from his carefree college days, through his heartrending descent into Lou Gehrig’s Disease, to his ultimate triumph in the realm of science. Felicity Jones costars as his first …

This Weekend: Steve Carell Wrestles Demons; Jim Carrey Fights Stupidity

In theaters: From a grim drama to some defiantly dumb comedy, we’ve got you covered. At home: Jack Webb gets jazzy; Muhammad Ali plucks our heartstrings. Foxcatcher The true story of two Olympic-wrestler brothers (Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo) who settled into a tragic relationship with a wealthy benefactor (Steve Carell, barely recognizable behind that understated performance and prosthetic nose) should have been a perfect match for director Bennett Miller (Moneyball, Capote). But his two-and-a-half-hour telling drags like a grappler stalling …